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BA (Hons)


3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Explore the deep questions that shape society and our existence as we know it. Philosophy - which literally means the ‘love of wisdom’ – is the original academic subject. It started 2,500 years ago in Plato’s academy and remains as relevant today as it ever was.

What constitutes a good life? Is there a God? Can military force ever be justified? Ask deep enough questions and you’ll find that your enquiry soon becomes a philosophical one.

In this truly fascinating course you’ll interrogate what it means to be human and develop the personal and intellectual skills you need for any career that involves thinking, talking or writing about your ideas.

Join us on a journey through traditional ideas of theoretical philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral theory, and the philosophy of mind and language. We’ll also delve into modern European philosophy and applied ethics.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy is ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • You’ll be learning from academic staff who are active researchers, working in fields such as bioethics, professional ethics, philosophy of mind and mental health. Their work feeds directly into the course which helps to make the content unique and stimulating.
  • Undertake work placements in a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations through the University’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL).

BA Hons Philosophy - Student Testimonial - James McEnany

What you'll do

  • Our student-lecturer ratio is excellent: you’ll be taught in small classes by staff who know you by name. Friendly advice and support is always available.
  • On this course you’ll expand your critical mind by pursuing searching questions about everything from the nature and limits of our knowledge to the place of thought and reasoning in a successful life.
  • You’ll be encouraged to reach your own philosophical conclusions, and taught how to do this through the use of rigorous argumentation and painstaking logical analysis.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

Our emphasis on transferable skills means that when you graduate you’ll have the confidence and ability to work effectively in a varied range of occupations.

This degree is particularly suited to careers in the civil service, education, film and television, information technology, journalism, law, marketing and management.

Recent Philosophy graduates have gone on to postgraduate study or teaching in primary schools and secondary schools (including A Level Philosophy or Religious Studies), higher and further education institutes, or teaching English abroad.

If you’re interested in international careers then you can learn a language and travel abroad with awards and bursaries through the University’s Worldwise Learning Centre. You have the opportunity to spend a semester or a full year studying in another country.

If you’re interested in postgraduate study we offer an MA by research (which is particularly recommended for anyone thinking of going into RE teaching) and an MA in Religion, Culture and Society. Some recent Philosophy graduates have also gone on to research degrees (MPhil/PhD in Philosophy).

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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